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senate and that leads to the second point. the united states senate is a broken institution. several weeks ago, the vice president of the united states and john lewis stood at the bridge in selma, alabama, commemorating a horrific event there in the 1960s. at that time the united states senate was controlled by democrats. russell long of louisiana and many others. had they been in the united states senate today, had they operated then the way the united states senate operates today, the civil rights legislation of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965 would not have been passed. 50 plus one is a majority. not 60 votes. >> all right. >> you know, mika, i've got to go back to the beginning of this session. there was a lot of talk about filibuster reform. i was out there talking about the need for filibuster reform. for whatever reason, the democrats didn't push. i remember saying it. the day they made the rules to get rid of the filibuster, make 50 plus one pass, if they had made that decision when they set up the senate, then this bill would have passed. i got to say just really quickly
in the united states senate, the other body, could that take place. a vote of 54-46 would not pass. and so disheartening as it is and from reeling from the events that have taken place in boston on patriots day, children all across america cannot be reassured by their parents tonight that they are safe, but the n.r.a. will sleep well this evening. mission accomplished. but there's another chamber and an opportunity for the house of representatives to speak its will on the violence that has been perpetrated across this country and the commonsense background checks that are needed here in this country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back. the chair now lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. shimkus of illinois for today and tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announce d policy mr. barrr, 2013, is recognized. mr. barr: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to subm
of day in the united states senate. and if this bill were to ever pass into law, its impact would be to hurt workers, not help them. how many more times do we need to waste taxpayer dollars on political messaging bills like this rather than pursue legislation that will actually help the middle class? 10 more times? 20 more times? is this all we can expect to accomplish over the next year and a half? americans want democrats and republicans to work together. let's end the political posturing. let's get america back to work. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. kline: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to a real leader on this issue, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for three minutes. mr. womack: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman. you know, mr. speaker, our framers were visionaries. they had the foresight to not only establish constitutional principles and processes, that address the challenges of their day, but s
with deadly poison are set to the president and a united states senator. it's all "happening now." a lot of news to bring to you on this thursday morning. "happening now" president obama will speak at a memorial service for victims of the boston marathon bombings in just a few minutes. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. we will dip in and out of this interfaith service at boston's cathedral of the holy cross. you can see just a beautiful cathedral the service just getting underway. this is just about a mile from the site of the twin opl bombings on monday where three people were killed and 176 wounded in the worst terror attack on american soil since september 11th. we are live in boston with more. rick. >> reporter: as you might imagine very heavy security in the streets outside the cathedral here that have been shut down. we have boston police s.w.a.t. team members behind us as well as hundreds of officers lining the road here. you can see a lot of of the folks behind barricades. the line began before dawn this morning to get into the cathedral, and about an hour ago it
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
thought to be a potential policy of the united states? >> senator, having no forces and no presence post 2014 in my mind would undermine or campaign success. >> well, in this article -- i just found it to be a pretty good summary of some of the difficult choices we're wrestling with and you're having to deal with. i mean, you're not the commander in chief. ultimately the president of the united states, the commander in chief, will decide how many troops are there. you'll make a recommendation up there all the chain, is that correct? chain?ugh the >> that's correct, senator. >> well, one of the things that was troubling to me is our commander in chief, president obama has been there five years and we've got troops on the ground in harm's way right this minute. and this is why mr. michael o'hanlon, the defense analyst at brookings said in this article april 2. one of the most consistent, i guess, observers of our operations in afghanistan and iraq of anybody in america. from the beginning he's been observing, commenting and writing about it and this is the liberal heritage foundation. he s
to the floor of the united states senate without passing through security, but it doesn't get you into kelly middle school, nor should it. they have a simple, practical system. if you're visiting during school ours you buzz in and announce yourself. and then they decide whether that individual can enter through another set of locked doors. the double locks are a system that some schools are considering to implement. it's a sensible policy that is enabled by an intercom system and a camera. again, minimal costs compared to many other infrastructure programs that we may be considering this year. in middle town i visited snowe elementary school. principal james gudroe demonstrated how their doors are locked and when a person is buzzed in, video cameras record and archive who is entering. some schools have archiving systems, others do not. law enforcement knows that archiving is important, as chief william mckenna and mayor duran droot told me, these systems are planning that was undertaken even before sandy hook. school systems and boards and administrators and teachers were aware of security b
states. i am very high on this young senator from a florida. host: another issue in the news. gun control of the legislation. we see a major gun rights group is breaking with the powerful nra and coming out in favor of the bipartisan proposal on background checks by senator joe manchin of west virginia and senator pat toomey, republican of pennsylvania. the citizens committee for the right to keep and bear arms. this,gnificant is senator? guest: i don't know. these people have a right to their viewpoint, but i'm a lifelong member of the national rifle association. when my son was born 26 years ago, my only goal gave him a gaveription -- my uncle him a subscription of the youth magazine of the nra. the second amendment protects gun rights for decades and decades. for another group to come along and claim to be the second- largest gun rights organization is fine. there's more of a schism than this article mentions. i looked at it this morning on the front page of the washington post, also. there's another group to the right of the nra. said the nra on thursday it's probably a good idea to g
in a president of the united states. i am very high on this young senator from a florida. host: another issue in the news. gun control of the legislation. we see a major gun rights group is breaking with the powerful nra and coming out in favor of the bipartisan proposal on background checks by senator joe manchin of west virginia and senator pat toomey, republican of pennsylvania. the citizens committee for the right to keep and bear arms. how significant is this, senator? guest: i don't know. these people have a right to their viewpoint, but i'm a lifelong member of the national rifle association. when my son was born 26 years ago, my only goal gave him a subscription -- my uncle gave him a subscription of the youth magazine of the nra. the second amendment protects gun rights for decades and decades. for another group to come along and claim to be the second- largest gun rights organization is fine. there's more of a schism than this article mentions. i looked at it this morning on the front page of the washington post, also. there's another group to the right of the nra. while the nra on
adjourned until that articulated the consensus in the united states and was very simple and very clear the purpose of the war and it is not to disrupt the social institutions of the self and everybody knew what that meant. it meant not to disrupt slavery. earlier today national intelligence director james clapper testified on automatic budget cuts and national security. he believes those cuts are making the u.s. less safe and he explained why during the hearing held by the senate armed services committee. it's a little more than two hours [inaudible conversations] >> good morning everybody. the committee meets this morning to hear from the director of national intelligence james clapper and lieutenant general, director of the defense intelligence agency spa capano current thfureat to the national securi. along with the national security agency, the national geospatial intelligence agency and the national reconnaissanceoffice and thinteencen etservices erts of the department of de that are also elements of the intelligence communy thatth direct clapper hits. director clapper while much
of the united states, which is in his statement of administrative policy, which i entered into the record last night in the rules committee. and just as importantly, a bill that has no positive impact on the most important issue facing our country today, job creation, economic growth. mr. speaker, this bill is an attack on american workers, this bill is an attack on american businesses. pure and simple h.r. 1120 would effectively shut down the national labor relations board, invalidate all 569 decisions that the nlrb made between january 12 and march of this year. my colleagues claim this is a response to the d.c. circuit court decision. but when have we ever enshrined an intermediate court decision into statute? it makes absolutely no sense. this court decision found that nearly all recess appointments are invalid, but the reality is the decision of the d.c. circuit conflicts entirely with judicial precedent and past practices. president reagan made 232 recess appointments. george h.w. bush made 78. george w. bush made 171. so far president obama has made 3 . -- 32. far less than his predeces
. the united states and its people want this opportunity and that change has played a minor role. it might be the case the senate would see a bill this week. similarly, it is not serendipitous that mexico is not now doing much better. both economically and socially. we have made great strides in order to reach this end we have worked closely with the u.s. toelieve now is the time cash in the hard work. mexico is once again removed. what happens to the faculties across the country is quite different from what some might assume. mexico is on a sustained path of progress. working together every day to overcome them. the mainrst 127 days, political parties signed a wide- ranging political agreement. congress passed already major risk structural of forms. it is not a coincidence the washington post and the new york times, among others, have praised unless. not had a majority in congress since 1997. the mexican economy has expanded mexican have maintained growth since 2009. the gdp has increased from $7,979 in 2009, to 2146 in 2011. above 15,500. , almost four%, a toher rate, and is expected gro
additional resources by the united states congress although we have the duty to implement the law. i have for 23rd team can use both a transfer authority, which is cacciatore and our budget as well as the nonrecurring expense fund for one time i.t. cost and its portion of funding for the prevention fund to use for outreach and education. you heard chairman described the level of concern and questions and states around the country and they want to make sure americans fully understand the benefits coming their way and decisions they can make. we have requested in the budget before you an additional 1.5 william dollars to fully implement the affordable care act. the mac federal medicaid spending as a percentage of the economy to the budget that will increase 25%, driven by the affordable care expansion is more than $4 trillion over the next decade and that's not the children for dollars state full text not medicaid. according to the national governors association, medicaid rep since the single largest portion of total state spending. this budget backs up the proposals for lower spending on m
and now that every strategic plan i built over the years with the united states air force always was a plan. plans are always in contrast. a change. and so we have and will continue to improve upon a plan. >> was it developed to be aspirational or was it developed to give us an accurate blueprint of help va perceives? >> i think in all planning there is an aspect of aspiration at the beginning and then it is with assumptions and the availability of resources, it is adjusted for what we think is achievable. a long-term plan, like this one, with as much dynamics involved, we make an assumption, for example, that the flow of veterans out of uniform to the va is going to follow a pattern that we have been provided by the department of defense. if that changes that adjustment then we will have to look and see whether we can accommodate the change. if not we will have to say we have to resource. >> thank you very much. i look forward to sitting down with you to look at the matrix that brought about such a change in release three months. let me just say, i really wasn't addressing the i
were blown away at point-blank range, and the united states congress woman who was shot in the face and we can't even get enough democrats to vote for this? where are we politically in america and where do we go from here? >> you may hear from my tone that i'm a little bit of horse. this is a different reaction than i usually have. i write a column purple nation where i try to look at things both ways. i am somewhat astonished but i see no nuance on the question to democrats how could you not allow a vote on this? and i want those names, and they may be friends of mine i'm hoping they are not -- i have grown up with a lot of people in the senate and house -- but i want those names on the front page of every newspaper, and i want president obama with those names on a billboard at the press conference, the time has come for the president to have a sister soldier moment and stand up to his own party as well as of course through a majority of republicans who are in the tank for the nra in not in any way excusing republicans, but the immorality of not allowing a vo
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